Should Apple Buy the Ubuntu Edge?

ubuntu edgeThe crowdfunding world watched with fascination as the largest crowdfunding campaign ever took place on Indiegogo these past weeks.

The Ubuntu Edge attempting to crowdfund $32,000,000 was always a  herculean endeavor but the pros at Canonical were up to the task and had the credibility to back it up.  Unfortunately the campaign ended far short of the $32 Million goal having earned the hearts and minds of many a supporter and millions more in earned media.  Raising over $12 Million was spectacular but not quite enough.  So now the question is what will become of this concept to create simply the coolest phone ever since Apple launched the first generation iPhone?

In 2007 the first iPhone was launched by icon and demi-god Steve Jobs.  The concept was brilliant in its sheer simplicity.  Combining multiple functions in a single device using a touch screen.  The pundits yawned but the masses clamoured to be first in line to purchase a device they had not known they needed until it presented itself on that stage.

Tim Cook (wikipedia)As the creative fire that motivated and inspired Apple employees has now waned under the diligent by dry Tim Cook, Apple is in iphoneneed of something new and revolutionary.

Improbably Apple has stalled on the much rumoured “iTV”. They have spoken about their deep interest in wearable tech.

Meanwhile the Pebble Watch is reality and Samsung preps to launch something that you can actually purchase and use instead of just dreaming about.  Apple needs to regain the passion of pushing the edge of technology and thinking – well differently.  No more iVapor.

So why not?  With over $150 Billion laying around in banks all over the world, Tim Cook probably keeps $32 Million in his shirt pocket.

Island of Misfit ToysThe concept of the Ubuntu Edge is brilliant.  A full scale computing device in your pocket.  Not just the apps but real applications.  The specs are compelling, easily leapfrogging the iPhone 5 – and most likely the 5s too.  Don’t get me started on the Android device of the moment.

Sure, in the land of make believe and speculation – anything goes.  And this one is more than a stretch.Ubuntu Edge Specs


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  • tremdavid

    “Should Apple Buy the Ubuntu Edge”

    Ubuntu is Free software (like free speech or also known as Open source) although iOS kernel is based on BSD code (which is free but not copyleft – it means BSD code can be made “unfree”) Apple IT ecosystem is totally allergic to open source and free software. This will never happens.